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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jan 15, 2009 8:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Submarining gone bad - USS SAN FRANCISCO pictures post collision

Snaps of SAN FRAN in drydock after hitting an uncharted seamount. An 8000 ton ship came to a complete stop from over 35 mph in less than 1 second - do the math and figure out the dissipation of inertia and energy.

One crew member was killed when he was thrown forward about 15 feet and crushed his skull against the ships framework. The corpsman aboard kept him alive for about 9 hours before he was lost.

The first snap shows what is left of the spherical sonar array. The bow is completely gone. If you look at the green painted portion of the hullthat entire section used to be enclosed with a set of ballast tanks. Picture a cone surrounding the existing wreckage.

The last pic shows the bolting ring where the sonar dome was attached to the hull.
There are a lot of pics and I will post 3 at a time.

Attachment: 01_Drydock.jpg
Attachment: 02_Drydock.jpg
Attachment: 03_Drydock.jpg

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffNoiseCollector Date: Jan 15, 2009 9:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Submarining gone bad - USS SAN FRANCISCO pictures post collision

About as impressive that it stayed intact as the hudson plane crash today. I wonder how well a russian one would have held up.

were you on it?

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jan 15, 2009 10:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Submarining gone bad - USS SAN FRANCISCO pictures post collision

I had been retired for about a year and a half when she hit the seamount and was not onboard.

As far as Russian boats, generally speaking they are pretty well built structurally. The damage would have been about the same. The big gap between the US and Russian boats is their crew operational proficiency level.

I will post some pics of the KURSK after her sinking a few years ago when I get to work tomorrow.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffNoiseCollector Date: Jan 15, 2009 10:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Submarining gone bad - USS SAN FRANCISCO pictures post collision

Cool, are you taking these yourself? Were you on the Kursk?